The truth of Ann Voskamp’s words ring in my mind when she says “A year can evaporate before you know it.” Every year around this time Ann will talk about June as the second January – as an opportunity to do a reset halfway through the year. I love this perspective because sometimes when I feel too far behind to catch up, it’s easier to just quit.
When my bookmark is in Genesis & my reading plan shows I’m supposed to be halfway through.
When my brand new sneakers intended for trips to the gym are embarrassingly still new.
When my ignored friendships that were to be revived by coffee dates remain largely untouched.
I’ll readily admit it. Sometimes I need a reset halfway through.
Even spiritually. And over the past few weeks I’ve been researching different resources to give me a mid-year boost and wanted to share a few I’m excited about in case they help you as well!
Bible Reading Plan
A couple weeks before Easter one of my friends was sharing with me about how an older woman she knew said “In some seasons of life we need the depth of Scripture and in other seasons we need the breadth of Scripture.” Having done book studies for longer than I can remember, it fanned in me an eagerness to focus on the breadth of Scripture for a while – to get a bird’s eye view of the forest before returning to examine a specific tree.
After looking through different resources, I decided on a blended one-year plan with Back to the Bible (I need variety because pushing through Leviticus can be a struggle!). They also have a few short-term plans and five “Read Through the Bible in a Year” plans.
Honestly this is where I most need my reset. I had to hit pause on my original plan a couple years ago after reaching a season of intense burnout, but am now trying to ease myself back in. And if you find yourself discouraged and frustrated as you start – don’t give up!! I am in the same place right now but I keep trying to remind myself that it does get much easier. Your brain will begin to recognize patterns and remember how things are typically phrased so the beginning is the hardest.
ScriptureTyper is an awesome resource that helps memorization by tapping into a variety of learning styles. It also has a built in review system so you don’t forget everything you’ve learned!
If you’re not sure where to get started or what to memorize, John Piper’s fighter verses are a great place to start. They can be found here.
Know that the benefits of Scripture memory may be unclear at first, but the taste of victory is SO worth it when you’re going through something and the Holy Spirit starts bringing relevant verses you’ve memorized to mind. It’s unlike any other comfort you can receive.
And if you’ve never heard John Piper’s sermon If My Words Abide In You – it’s an incredible message that is worth a listen. It will definitely get you fired up about memorizing Scripture.
Who Needs God by Andy Stanley
Who Needs God by Andy Stanley is an exceptional resource that speaks to those who have left the church. It is heavy on apologetics and I am considering it to replace what I currently use with girls. It’s that good. You want to watch this!
Seamless by Angie Smith
I am so so so excited about this study right now. I haven’t finished it yet, but it has been recommended to me by multiple people who love girls ministry as much as I do. It is a seven week Bible overview and is great for old and new believers. Plus if you haven’t read anything Angie Smith – she has a beautiful heart and is super relatable.
As Winston Churchhill said “Never, never, never give up.” Here’s to June and a time of second chances.
Cheering for you as you go!